en-us Copyright 2015, SaxoTech Online Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 19:50:32 -0400 15 Commentary: How we remember Since August, the moat of the Tower of London has been filled with a blood-red blanket made from ceramic poppies. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 06:25:00 -0400 Foundation of U.S. nuclear system showing cracks The foundation of America's nuclear arsenal is fractured, and the government has no clear plan to repair it. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:34:00 -0400 Army vet killed after celebrating return from Afghanistan Officials say a 21-year-old Army veteran was shot to death after a dispute at a party to celebrate his return from Afghanistan. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:20:00 -0400 Iraqi officials say Islamic State leader wounded in airstrike Iraqi officials said Sunday that an airstrike wounded the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Pentagon officials said they had no immediate information on such a strike or al-Baghdadi being wounded. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:15:00 -0400 Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, Elke Rosin recalled how lucky her family had been. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:15:00 -0400 Queen Elizabeth II leads U.K. memorial ceremony Queen Elizabeth II honored fallen soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth Sunday in a dignified ceremony at the heart of central London. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 14:07:00 -0400 Hunted Islamic State leader the 'new Bin Laden' With a $10 million bounty on his head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would seem to have earned the moniker from French newspaper Le Monde as 'the new Bin Laden.' Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:33:00 -0400 Eielson chips away at the mystery of a submerged WB-29 bomber The mystery of the Lady of the Lake, an abandoned B-29 bomber sitting at the bottom of a pond not far from the flight line here, has been partially solved, but officials are looking for more information on how the bomber mysteriously came to be in the wat Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:36:00 -0400 Shipping delays appear to be easing for troops' personal vehicles The backlog of troops' privately owned vehicles has almost been cleared, according to an analysis of numbers provided by the contractor responsible for shipping troops' cars on reassignment moves to and from overseas. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:26:00 -0400 Kabul police chief survives assassination attempt Afghan authorities are investigating how a man wearing an explosives-packed vest was able to infiltrate the heavily guarded police headquarters in central Kabul on Sunday and attempt to assassinate the city's chief of police. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:16:00 -0400 Last 2 U.S. captives in North Korea return home The last two Americans being held captive by North Korea have returned home. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:05:00 -0400 Air Force Academy cadets win DARPA contest A new fuel-efficient aircraft engine designed in part by Air Force Academy cadets has won an innovation contest sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Sat, 08 Nov 2014 11:04:00 -0400 First female C-17 command pilot closes Air Force chapter - Lt. Col. Deborah Rieflin learned early that nothing was out of reach, even if the rest of the world said otherwise. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:36:00 -0400 Unemployment rate for post-9/11 vets at 7.2 percent The unemployment rate for the newest generation of veterans jumped by 1 full percentage point in October, according to new federal data, but the figure of 7.2 percent is about average for 2014 and actually a marked improvement from last year's overall unemployment rate of 9 percent for that group. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0400 Chairman McCain: Industry girds for a 'maverick' Armed Services panel 'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:04:00 -0400 1-star has confidence in Afghan security after leaving Helmand Days after handing over all security duties to local forces, the head of the Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan said he believes that Afghans have good control of their country. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:19:00 -0400 Justice Department's influence in VA cases up for debate When Congress passed new rules for firing Veterans Affairs executives in July, the goal was to get rid of problem employees faster and without bureaucratic confusion. So far, it's done neither. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:50:00 -0400 New education rules for Air Force officers begin Dec. 1 Lieutenant colonels hoping to make colonel must have a master's degree beginning Dec. 1, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in a video released Thursday. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 07:37:00 -0400 Hunter: JSOC led botched ransom attempt for Bergdahl U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has accused Joint Special Operations Command of leading a botched effort to pay a ransom to bring Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:55:00 -0400 CENTCOM chief: More troops not the answer in Iraq The four-star commander of war operations in Iraq and Syria said politics is the key to defeating the Islamic militants there - and more U.S. troops will not necessarily help resolve the complex sectarian conflict roiling the two nations. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:28:00 -0400 U.S. shoots down 3 missile targets in Hawaii test The U.S. military has shot down three missiles nearly simultaneously during a test off Hawaii. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:39:00 -0400 Report: 600-plus U.S. troops say they were exposed to chemical weapons More than 600 U.S. service members told military medical staff that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, The New York Times reported Thursday. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 21:17:00 -0400 'Little green army men' now in the Toy Hall of Fame It's mission accomplished for little green army men. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:33:00 -0400 Islamic State suffering setbacks in Syria and Iraq For a force that has built its reputation on an aura of momentum and invincibility, the Islamic State group is now dealing with a series of military setbacks in Iraq and a prolonged stalemate in the small Syrian border town of Kobani. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:15:00 -0400 Quality of vet education, for-profit college controversy could be clarified by new data After years of claims - backed up by little hard data - that some schools have been providing current and former service members poor educations for their education benefits, federal officials may be on the verge of coming out with information that could Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:54:00 -0400 NATO leader in Afghanistan vows continued support The head of NATO paid an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday, where he vowed that the Western alliance would continue supporting the country after foreign combat troops withdraw at the end of the year. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:46:00 -0400 Tyndall crews searching for missing F-16 Crews at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, are searching for information after the base lost contact with an F-16 this morning. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:42:00 -0400 Civil War soldier finally receives Medal of Honor Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing's battlefield heroism came more than a century before the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but on Nov. 6, President Obama said Cushing's bravery and valor are still an inspiration to all Americans today. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:23:00 -0400 Sen. John McCain vows to save A-10 from retirement Sen. John McCain says the Air Force won't be able to retire the A-10 Warthog ground attack jet now that he's in line to become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:14:00 -0400 Nuke units recover from scandals, find awards in Global Strike Challenge The Air Force this week ended the its fourth Global Strike Challenge event, a competition designed to highlight the best units across the nuclear command. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:12:00 -0400 Pakistan rejects U.S. charges it supports militants Pakistan summoned the U.S. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:08:00 -0400 3 charged in presidential helicopter bid-rigging scheme Three men face charges in a fraud scheme involving a helicopter fleet that transports the president and vice president, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:04:00 -0400 U.S. official: Top bomb-maker hit in Syria strikes A senior U.S. official says American airstrikes overnight in Syria targeted a cell of al-Qaida militants, hitting and possibly killing a top bomb-maker in the group. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:32:00 -0400 Non-military uniformed officers to treat Ebola patients in Liberia President Obama has assured Americans that none of the nearly 4,000 U.S. troops heading to Liberia will treat Ebola patients, but 70 uniformed officers of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:51:00 -0400 James presents first round of Air Force nuclear service medals The Air Force this week presented the first round of Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medals, with leadership using the award to highlight a group of airmen in the beleaguered nuclear missile community. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:45:00 -0400 Little green army men make Toy Hall of Fame It's mission accomplished for little green army men. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:39:00 -0400 TSgt at Academy accused of heroin use An airman accused of heroin use will face an Article 32 hearing Friday at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., to decide if he should face a court-martial. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:31:00 -0400 Commentary: VA accountability needed to restore trust In mid-October, just two weeks before Election Day, a CBS News poll revealed the stark reality of Americans' increasingly low opinion of the federal government. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:12:00 -0400 Death prompts changes at Hampton VA hospital A patient's death has prompted policy changes at the Hampton VA Medical Center. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:15:00 -0400 Civil War hero's descendants to receive his Medal of Honor It only took 151 years, but Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing is finally getting honored for his battlefield heroism. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:00:00 -0400 For 95-year-old WWII hero, one more honor Joseph 'Bob' Pocoroba is 95 years old and still drives at night. He cooks, shops and is quick with a one-liner. His memory is razor-sharp, especially about the stuff that happened Over There. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:58:00 -0400 U.S. sends long-held Guantanamo prisoner to Kuwait One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:34:00 -0400 Man may claim self-defense in military argument slaying A Montana man may argue he acted in self-defense in the slashing of another man's throat during an argument over which branch of the military is better. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:59:00 -0400 Springsteen auctions guitars, lasagna for veterans How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen, an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:31:00 -0400 Report: Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden revealed The former Navy SEAL who claims to have shot and killed Osama bin Laden has been identified ahead of a highly anticipated Fox News interview in which he is expected to discuss his role in the historic raid, according to multiple news sources. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:20:00 -0400 Medical tests for PTSD and TBI not far off Researchers are inching closer to creating medical tests to detect post-traumatic stress or mild traumatic brain injury - conditions that now are diagnosed only with self-reported symptoms and subjective exams. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:51:00 -0400 Carlisle takes command at ACC The newest commander of Air Combat Command took over the service's fighting force on Tuesday to lead the service's transition away from war in the Middle East to fighting smaller-scale battles abroad and declining readiness at home. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:37:00 -0400 Bruce Springsteen among those receiving first-ever awards for supporting veterans Bruce Springsteen tops an eclectic group honored with first-ever awards for those striving to improve the lives of veterans and their families. Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:31:00 -0400 LeBron James invites deployed troops to join Veterans Day salute Serving overseas? The Cleveland Cavaliers want to get you in the house! Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:44:00 -0400 Former SEAL sues ex-attorneys over advice on Osama bin Laden book A former Navy SEAL who wrote a book describing the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has sued his ex-lawyers, saying their bad advice tarnished his reputation and cost him his security clearance. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:18:00 -0400 Iraq doesn't want foreign fighters against Islamic State Iraq's foreign minister says Baghdad doesn't want foreign military personnel on Iraqi soil to combat Islamic State group extremists, but would accept training from abroad for its soldiers. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:08:00 -0400 Obama fills up lame duck agenda; will seek Islamic State AUMF President Obama on Wednesday said he wants this Congress in its final weeks to formally approve US strikes against the Islamic State group. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:45:00 -0400 Obama: More work needed to improve veterans care President Obama is telling the Veterans Affairs Department it needs to keep working to improve services, health care and accountability for veterans. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:29:00 -0400 Obama seeks $6.2 billion for Ebola fight President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $6.2 billion in emergency funds to confront Ebola at its source in West Africa and to secure the United States against any possible spread. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:25:00 -0400 Younger veterans heading to Congress in bigger numbers Next year's Congress will boast the largest class of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans yet, even as the overall number of lawmakers with military experience continues to decline. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 18:04:00 -0400 Afghan troop deaths up; called 'unsustainable' Afghan security forces have suffered more battle casualties this year than last year, rising to a level that cannot be sustained in a successful fight against the Taliban, the second-ranking American commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:02:00 -0400 Baskin-Robbins honors vets with camouflage ice cream In honor of Veterans Day, Baskin-Robbins is having a little fun with its ice cream of the month. The company is now offering its First Class Camouflage ice cream, which combines chocolate, salty caramel, and cake flavors into one camo-themed dessert. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:38:00 -0400 Mountain Home airman shot over weekend in stable condition An airman at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, remains in critical but stable condition after being shot in the chest at a laundromat over the weekend, police said Wednesday. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:35:00 -0400 After Election Day, familiar faces in new places on Senate defense committees For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election - but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:42:00 -0400 Britain sending more troops to train Iraqis Five years after Britain ended its combat mission in Iraq, the Ministry of Defense says it is sending more troops to train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters battling IS militants. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0400